BIO 497/597 – Eastern African Raptors. This class will be offered 1/2/17 – 1/10/17. The class is designed for students with an interest in the ecology and conservation of East African raptors. The class will have both a lecture and field research format. Class will take place at Lake Naivasha (3 days) and Masai Mara National Park (4 days). Daily lectures will focus on African raptor ecology and conservation issues threatening their populations, and field work will include surveys of the raptor communities in the parks. During surveys, elephants, lions, giraffes, zebra, impala, wildebeest, and water buffalo are frequently seen as well as Secretary Birds and Ostriches. The course will be a unique opportunity and an unforgettable experience for students.
John Kelly, manager of photographic services at Boise State, recently returned from Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa, where he was on assignment with Dr. Marc Bechard, the Director of Boise State University’s Raptor Research Center, and Greg Kaltenecker, Executive Director of Boise State’s Intermountain Bird Observatory. A team of raptor biologists trapped vultures in Gorongosa National Park. Of the five vulture species found in Gorongosa, four are listed on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List as endangered or critically endangered. They were accompanied by a National Geographic film crew while in the park. See photos and read the story by Kathleen Tuck.
Established in 1987, the Raptor Research Center (RRC) supports graduate education for the unique Master of Science in Raptor Biology degree from the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State University. The center conducts research and provides technical assistance about birds of prey and other wildlife. The RRC also provides support for the Intermountain Bird Observatory and the center cooperates with other organizations, such as The Peregrine Fund, that share mutual interests in the basic biology of raptors and the conservation of natural resources.
The Raptor Research Center provides teaching assistantships and research support to graduate students and to faculty associated with the Raptor Biology graduate degree program. Students can conduct research on a variety of topics and species in the laboratory, as local field projects, or in international settings.
Raptor Research Center scientists conduct grant-based research with a variety of wildlife species and diverse conservation issues.
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See Vulture Conservation in India to experience the adventure of this 2015 Spring Break Trip to India.
Visit the “Boise State is for the Birds” webpage!